Danny Mills insisted Jadon Sancho would not be signed by Liverpool as a direct replacement for any of their front three if a deal is to be completed this summer.
The former Manchester City and Leeds full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 20-year-old may seek assurances over first-team football that Jurgen Klopp would struggle to provide.
Sancho has no shortage of suitors, Manchester and Chelsea interested in acquiring the Borussia Dortmund winger.
In an Instagram live, superstar assist king Trent Alexander-Arnold added fuel to the fire when he said his England international teammate would improve the Reds were he to complete a summer move to Anfield.
Mills suggested if Sancho came in and hit the ground running, Klopp may be inclined to let Sadio Mane or Mohammed Salah leave.
“Sancho would provide competition for places,” he told Football Insider.
“At some point, that front three has got to change and it is how Klopp changes that and integrates that.
“If Sancho comes in and he does well Klopp may feel he may let Sadio Mane or Mohammed Salah go.
“I do not think it would be a direct replacement. He would be brought in to enhance the squad and increase competition.
“They will not be able to guarantee it but Sancho will ask if he is going to be a bench warmer in any potential deal. That is one of the big things.”
The former Manchester City youth player has scored 17 goals and provided 19 assists in 35 appearances in all competitions.
Sadio Mane, 28, Roberto Firmino, 28, and Mohammed Salah, 27, have contributed a combined total of 49 goals and 33 assists so far this campaign.